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2023 PMC Kids Rides


Sunday, September 24, 2023
Martha Jones School



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Event Details

  • Sunday, September 24, 2023
  • Martha Jones School
    80 Martha Jones Rd., Westwood, MA 02090
  • 8:30 to 11 am
  • Ages 2 to 15
  • Registration Fee: $20 (increases to $25 after June 1)
  • Required Fundraising Commitment: $40
  • Virtual (not in-person) event option available!
  • Contact: nfjames158@gmail.com

Welcome to the Westwood PMC Kids Ride

Join us at the Westwood PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, September 24! We hope that you will ride with us as we raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

If you would like to help plan the 2023 Westwood PMC Kids Ride, please contact Nancy James.

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Schedule of Events

  • 7:45 am – Registration opens, bike tun-ups, bike decorating
  • 9 am – Opening ceremonies and riders head out
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am – Post ride party! Riders and their families can enjoy refreshments, music, raffles announcements, and giveaways.

Families are encouraged to ride or walk to the event as parking will be limited. There will be no parking at the Martha Jones School!


Choose a route that is achievable. We encourage riders to go the distance but also want to make sure the event is enjoyable. 

  • Daniel's Tot Loop: In honor of Daniel, kids can ride on an enclosed loop. This is the perfect option for our younger crowd and those needing assistance with riding.
  • Allisa's Ride (1 mile): Perfect ride for kids just starting to ride a bike. Riders ride along a paved path through the woods and then onto streets that are closed to traffic. Older kids can do more than one loop to challenge themselves. Recommended for children ages 3-7. Route map
  • Five for Fighting (5 miles): A 5-mile ride through the neighborhoods of Westwood. Children ride on the open road (with adult ride chaperones). Your child should have the skills necessary to ride safely on the road with car traffic. Recommended for children ages 8-12. Route map
  • Westwood Strong (10 miles) A 10-mile ride for those who want a real challenge. It's the 5-mile route doubled and is for experienced riders ages 10-15. Route map
  • Virtual Rider: Virtual riders are those who would prefer to ride on their own and not in person at the event. Virtual riders who raise $50 or more will receive an official PMC Kids Rides t-shirt and water bottle at the end of June for spring rides. Virtual riders have no registration fee or fundraising commitment.

About Alexa'a Awesome Obstacle Course

In April of 2010, Westwood resident, Alexa Kelly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of 5. Alexa's Awesome Obstacle Course was established in her honor to enable younger kids to participate in the fun, community-building and fundraising of the PMC Westwood Kids Ride.  With her two-year battle behind her, Alexa is a happy and healthy and living life to the fullest.

Register to Ride

Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first, as there will be a separate section in registration to enter the child's information.

Under "Event Option" parents will be able to select a route for each child. Riders have a $20 registration fee and a $40 fundraising minimum. Parents will need to sign a waiver and agree to the fundraising commitment in order to complete registration. In-person riders will receive their rider kit at the ride.

Virtual Rider

Parents will be able to select the “Virtual Rider” route if their child will not be riding in person but still wants to support the PMC Kids Rides program. Virtual riders can ride in their own neighborhood on the day of the ride or whenever they'd like! If a virtual rider raises $50 or more, they will receive an official PMC Kids Rides t-shirt and water bottle at the end of September for spring rides. 

Once registration is complete for both in-person and virtual riders, parents will receive a confirmation email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations. 

The PMC strongly recommends that all participants – including riders who are eligible – be vaccinated to attend a PMC Kids Ride.


The fundraising minimum for each rider is $40 and is due by September 1.

Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized as Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts.

  • Heavy Hitter – $450, riders will receive a special PMC Kids Rides item and a certificate.
  • Breakaway Fundraiser – $950, riders will receive a special PMC Kids Rides item and a certificate.

Fundraising Tips

  • Customize your rider profile page (set a goal, include why you are riding and a photo)
  • Set up a Facebook Fundraiser
  • Start your fundraising early
  • Send out hand-written letters or emails to your friends and family
Click here for more fundraising tips


100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Donate online or by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please send all checks to:

PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494

Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!


The PMC Kids Rides program follows all public health regulations and guidelines for your area.

General Safety Tips!

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet (children are required to wear helmets when participating).
  2. Ride in control – this is not a race.
  3. Hands should remain on handlebars.
  4. Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
  5. Follow the ride guides and volunteers.
  6. When passing other rides, make sure to yell “on your left!” Never pass riders on the right.
  7. If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.

Each PMC Kids Ride has a licensed medical professional on site.


Get the entire family involved and support the event by volunteering! Be a ride marshal, work at a water stop, help distribute snacks and more. Volunteers will need to create an account and then will be able to select the position(s) that they would like.

The PMC strongly recommends that all participants – including riders who are eligible – be vaccinated to attend a PMC Kids Ride.

PMC Pedal Partner Program

The PMC Pedal Partner Program is a wonderful way for riders to connect with a child who has been affected by cancer. PMC Pedal Partners are pediatric oncology patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic who are paired with PMC Kids Rides or PMC teams.

If you know a child in treatment at the Jimmy Fund who is interested in being a PMC Pedal Partner for a PMC Kids Ride, please contact Sophie Muggia, PMC Pedal Partner Program Coordinator, at sophie@pmc.org 


Artwork by a patient at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Westwood PMC Kids Rides relies on local sponsors to help keep costs low and so that the PMC can continue to donate 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating items (pizza, ice cream, snacks, sporting tickets, gift cards, baskets, etc), please click on the button below.